UT’s Prized Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection Digitized

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The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, a crown jewel of the University of Texas’ library holdings, has been completely digitized.

Google Books announced Wednesday that it had finished scanning and digitizing the more than 500,000 individual book volumes in the collection three years after it started in 2007.

(The description of the entire collection on UT’s library website lists the number of books, periodicals, pamphlets, and microforms at 970,000. See all that’s in the collection, besides books, here.)

The eclectic collection features books in more than 50 languages, from the 18th century to today, all pertaining in some way, shape, or form to Latin America and Latinos. Now they’re all scannable, searchable, and readable online.

“We’ve long wanted to share these treasures of Latin America with the world, and Google has helped us to do just that,” said Dennis Dillon, associate director of the UT Libraries.



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